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[460] obtain volunteers was authorized to be continued, and it was kept up until the end of the war.

Townsend furnished two hundred and fifty men for the war,1 which was a surplus of thirty-three over and above all demands. Six were commissioned officers. The total amount of money raised and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-seven thousand nine hundred and thirty-three dollars ($37,933.00).

The amount of money raised and appropriated by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $326.38; in 1862, $2,177.82; in 1863, $3,690.40; in 1864, $3,354.29; in 1865, $2,300.00. Total amount, $11,848.89.

The ladies of Townsend furnished eight hundred dollars worth of clothing for the soldiers during the war, and in 1863 sent to the Townsend soldiers, stationed at that time in New York, a Thanksgiving dinner.


Incorporated June 22, 1789. Population in 1860, 626; in 1865, 624. Valuation in 1860, $322,680; in 1865, $348,137.

The selectmen in the years 1861, 1862, and 1863 were Ebenezer Swan, Ebenezer Bancroft, Luther Butterfield; in 1864, Ebenezer Bancroft, Daniel Parham, Zephaniah Bennett; in 1865, Ebenezer Swan, Zephaniah Bennett, Luther Butterfield.

The town-clerk in the years 1861 and 1862 was R. S. Coburn; in 1863 and 1864, W. B. Brinley; in 1865, Francis Brinley. The town-treasurer in the years 1861, 1862, and 1863 was John G. Upton; in 1864, Samuel A. Richardson; in 1865, Ebenezer Swan.

But few meetings appear to have been held by the town in reference to war matters; the authorities having them in charge. A meeting was held on the 21st of July, 1862, at which it was

1 Mr. Adams, the town-clerk, claims that the town furnished two hundred and seventy-five men for the war, which we think must be an error, and that the above number is correct. Thirty-five were killed or died of disease while in the service.

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